The Jews are an ethnoreligious group originating from the Israelites, or Hebrews, in the Middle East during the second millennium BCE, in the part of the Levant known as the Land of Israel.
Jews can be people who were born to a Jewish family (matrilineal descent), regardless of whether or not they follow the religion, or people without any Jewish ancestral background who have formally converted to Judaism. The worldwide Jewish population reached a peak of 16.7 million prior to World War II, but approximately 6 million Jews were systematically murdered during the Holocaust conducted by Nazi Germany. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to Jews.
A Russian court has denied a request to release files on the fate of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. He saved thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary before his arrest and forced disappearance by Soviet agents.
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Hungary is currently hosting the 20th annual Jewish Cultural Festival. The event got underway after the country’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban pledged to support the Jewish community. But Orban has led a controversial anti-migration campaign and some festival participants are concerned about the future of the country’s Jewish community. Stefan Bos has more from Budapest.
Inge Deutschkron was one of 1,700 Jews who survived the Holocaust in the Berlin underground. Now 95, the renowned German-Israeli publicist has not tired of reminding the world of the atrocities committed by the Nazis.